Monthly Archives: July 2012

iPad Mini As Thin As iPod Touch?

10.1″ iPad’s little brother has been slimming down, working off those calories in vicious Temple Run sessions. The rumored iPad Mini could look quite distinct in comparison to the current model. It could be taking a significant reduction in all dimensions to become extremely minimal for a tablet of its class.

iPad Mini

Amazon’s Kindle Fire may be blown-out to a flicker by iPad Mini’s slender appearance. Reports claim that iPad Mini will be reminiscent of iPod touch’s thickness, meaning that iPad Mini could be about 25% thinner than its bigger brother at around 7.2mm.

Another source firmly believes that iPad Mini gives off the appearance of a third-generation iPod nano. Sporting an aggressively tapered glossy metal design, iPod nano was a trendsetter that went on to inspire iPod touch’s casing.

iPad Mini will include 3G, although it may be sorely lacking in major features. Current reports would lead us to believe that iPad Mini will not include a Retina Display, rather simply a 1024×768 display that echoes the original’s resolution. A lower-resolution display requires less battery life, giving Apple the flexibility to reduce its size footprint.

Current release is set to be on a date sometime prior to the holidays. Foxconn will produce the tablet in Brazil, beginning in September as rumor has it.

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19-pin Dock Connector On New iPhone 5 To Make Room For Headphone Jack

19-pin Dock Connector On New iPhone 5 To Make Room For Headphone Jack

A Reuters report, published today, claims that the new iPhone 5 will feature a smaller, 19-pin dock connector, making room at the bottom for a headphone jack.

Current iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S have the headphone jack at the top, and a 30 pin dock connector at the bottom. The switch will make room for additional components like an LTE chip and a relocated headphone jack.

iphone 5 dock connector

The iPhone 5, Apple’s next generation iPhone expected to go on sale around October, will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the proprietary 30-pin port “to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom”, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Cases are already being built for the next iPhone incorporating the smaller dock connector and the relocated headphone jack. These cases, presumably, are built on the leaked schematics that we’ve seen earlier. Rumors suggest that the 19-pin connector would also be included in the iPad mini.

Reuters notes that a new dock connector would infuse the third party Apple accessory industry with renewed growth, since iPhone docks, speakers and connectors that have been sold till now will all become incompatible, unless Apple also sells a 30-pin to 19-pin converter.

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